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NASA to Conclude Boeing 747SP ‘SOFIA’ Mission

DALLAS – This fall, NASA will conclude operations of its modified Boeing 747SP, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7-meter (106-inch) reflecting telescope (with an effective diameter of 2.5 mt, or 100 in). SOFIA is one of the most iconic aircraft flying in the skies today. 

SOFIA with open telescope doors. Photo: Armstrong Flight Research Center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: ED09-0352-03. Public Domain.

SOFIA’s Last Leg


The aircraft completed its first five-year mission in 2019 and is currently operating on a three-year extension to read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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